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Section individual wrestling: Zieske, Waldvogel earn their spot at state

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Osakis seniors Gage Zieske and Colton Waldvogel have been the anchors in a young wrestling team’s lineup for the Silverstreaks all season. Now both of them will get the chance to end their careers at the state tournament.

“I couldn't be happier with their performances today,” Osakis head coach Joey Andreasen said. “They both had to wrestle extremely well to win two very tough weight classes.”

Waldvogel finished first at 170 pounds and Zieske did the same at 138 pounds during Saturday’s Section 5, Class A individual tournament at Minnewaska High School. The top two finishers in each weight class punch their ticket to state, but neither of the Osakis seniors needed any kind of true second-place match to decide their fate.

“Gage did it in dominating fashion as he controlled each match from start to finish,” Andreasen said. “For his performance, the coaches voted him along with BBE's, Adam Jager, Section 5A Co-Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament.”

Zieske is 41-1 this season, while Waldvogel heads to the state tournament March 2-3 at the Xcel Energy Center with a 34-1 record. Waldvogel had to go through another talented wrestler in Minnewaska’s Tyson Meyer to earn the championship.

“Colton needed all six minutes of his match to pull out his victory as he secured the winning takedown with just two seconds left on the clock,” Andreasen said.

With the second-place finish, Meyer also earned his spot at the state meet. Other Minnewaska wrestlers to secure their bids are Tyler VanLuik (195 pounds, first place) and Grant Hendren (160 pounds, first place). Jakob Swalla of Minnewaska just missed earning a bid as he took third after falling to Devin Lange of Long Prairie-Grey Eagle-Browerville in a true-second match.

Osakis sophomore Nathan Kulzer found himself on the doorstep of the state tournament, as well. He wrestled a true-second match against Tyler Jensen of Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa and fell in a 6-5 decision to finish third at 126 pounds.

“Nate wrestled his heart out today,” Andreasen said. “I couldn't be more proud of his performance.”

Dominic Strom and Jeran Baker were both sixth in the tournament, and Carsten Jacobson went 1-2 on the day.

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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